Origins of the Easter Bunny


He lurks in the shadows . . . a fur covered creature . . . with long, sharp teeth, littering the landscape with painted eggs . . .

Like Christmas, Easter is a hybrid of pagan and Christian beliefs. In Christianity, Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Christ and his ascension into heaven. For Pagans, Easter is a springtime ritual celebrating rebirth and new life, with rabbits (because of their prolific breeding habits) and eggs representing symbols of fertility. In fact, the word ‘Easter’ is derived from ‘Eostre’ the pagan goddess of fertility.

So we see how the rabbit and the eggs came together. But why are the eggs coloured? Precise origins are unknown, but many Eastern Orthodox Christians dye their Easter eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ, while some pagans will dye their eggs green in honour of the emerging springtime foliage.

The concept of an egg-laying bunny came to North America in the 18th century when German immigrants to the Pennsylvania Dutch area told their children about ‘Osterhas’, or sometimes spelled ‘Oschter Haws’. Oschter means ‘Easter’ in German and ‘Hase’ means ‘hare’, not rabbit, so this Easter ‘Hare’ would bring good children colored eggs and place them in ‘nests’ the children had built in their caps or bonnets.

Happy Easter!

 

A little history on civic holidays across Canada


Across Canada, the first Monday in August is celebrated in many ways.

For a lot of us across this fine nation, the first Monday in August means a long weekend. But what are we celebrating and why does this ‘holiday’ exist? Well, in true Canadian fashion, it’s wonderfully eccentric. There really is no gallant or noble reason for the holiday other than to fill a holiday gap between Canada Day on July 1st, and Labor Day on the first Monday of September. And unlike most holidays, this one varies in name and status across the country.

BC: British Columbia Day (stat)
Alberta: Heritage Day (optional civic holiday)
Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Day (stat)
Manitoba: Civic Holiday (not a stat)
New Brunswick: New Brunswick Day (stat)
Newfoundland & Labrador:  (not generally observed but is celebrated in St. John’s)
Nova Scotia: Natal Day (not a stat)
Nunavut: Civic Holiday (stat)
NW Territories: Civic Holiday (stat)
Ontario: (stat for federal/municipal governments, but not officially recognized by provincial gov.)
Toronto: Simcoe Day: Named after John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 to 1796
Ottawa: Colonel By Day: Named after Lieutenant Colonel John By, who supervised the construction of the
Rideau Canal;  basically founding the city of Ottawa
Prince Edward Island: Natal Day (not a stat)
Quebec: (not generally observed)
Yukon: (not generally observed)

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Ten Things Great Leaders Do

This video first ran in July 2011. 

Have you ever wondered why some people stay in the same job for years? So why aren’t all employees loyal to one employer for their entire careers?

Two words explain it: Great Leadership!

Here are ten things that great leaders do to engage their employees and keep them on staff:

  • They lead with humility and selflessness, putting the needs of their employees ahead of their own.
  • They work tirelessly, setting a great example for their team.
  • They support their workers when they have problems or get into trouble.
  • They listen constantly and consistently to their workers.
  • They respond immediately, openly and honestly when asked a question.
  • They do not play favourites and they treat everyone fairly.
  • They never show impatience or anger toward employees.
  • They never speak negatively about employees behind their backs.
  • They make good decisions for the business and for their workers.
  • They understand that every person is different and that no two people perform the same way.

A leader without long-term, engaged and devoted followers is just a lonely person with a title.

I’m Wayne Kehl from Dynamic Leadership.

Dynamic Leadership and ILScorp offer a varied and unique array of leadership courses. Click on the titles for more information

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Ten “Easy” Commandments for Getting Along With People

The Secrets of Commercial Insurance

 

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Do you have perseverance?

Do you ever think about happiness?

 

 

 

Strange Facts about Monday

Monday gets a bad rap, but is it just because it’s the beginning of another long work week?

The English noun Monday derived sometime around 1000 AD from the Old English word, monedæi, which literally translates to ‘moon’s day’.

Because of its association with the moon and the moon’s tendency to wax and wane, many cultures view Monday as unlucky and even as a day when people literally lose their minds. The Latin word for moon, luna, is the root word for the English term, ‘lunacy’.

In the Netherlands, Monday is the most popular day to commit suicide, call in sick and, oddly enough, surf the web (probably because people are home pretending to be sick.)

According to the British Medical Journal, there is a reported 20% increase in heart attacks on Mondays as opposed to the other days of the week.

Monday is often referred to as ‘Blue Monday’.  It is easy to assume this is because of people’s moods, but actually, back in the old days, Monday was traditionally set aside as laundry day, and ‘bluing’ was  a technique used to keep white clothes from becoming gray and dingy.

Monday’s reputation is no stranger to the pop music scene. The Bangles felt pretty frazzled in their 1986 hit song ‘Manic  Monday’;  the Mamas and the Papas were ‘cryin’ all the time’ when Monday came around, in their 1966 hit ‘Monday, Monday’; and the Boomtown Rats sang about a homicidal teenager in their 1979 hit ‘I don’t like Mondays’.

Incidentally, this song is based on the true story of Brenda Spencer, who, in 1979 at the age of 17, opened fire on an elementary school in San Diego, killing two men, injuring 8 students and a police officer. Asked why she did it, she responded, “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

In an odd counter approach, in July 2002, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting branch announced that it would spend $110 million to re-name itself  ‘Monday’ a move, according to the company, intended to denote fresh thinking and new beginnings, rather than the unwelcome start of the working week.

And speaking of that, there are 52 Mondays this year and 53 in the year 2012. If you are not a fan of Monday, don’t worry, there are six other days to choose from. Happy Monday everyone.

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Love this: Best Voicemail Ever Gives Hilarious Play-by-Play of Car Accident

Love this: Best Voicemail Ever Gives Hilarious Play-by-Play of Car Accident

When this guy calls his boss to tell him he’s running a little late, he witnesses a car accident and begins the best play-by-play commentary you’ll ever hear.

Right after the car accident happens, the caller states that a man gets out of his car as if the other car was at fault. What happens next is pure entertainment.

The witness leaves the literal blow-by-blow action to his boss while laughing hysterically.

Apparently this is the real deal, and how could it not be? This is too good to make up.

Rerun – By Tim Gray 95 ROCK

Are you Prepared for an Earthquake? (Video)

 

Emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. The ShakeOut is our opportunity to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. This page explains what to do– and what not to do.

PROTECT YOURSELF. SPREAD THE WORD.

Official rescue teams who have been dispatched to the scene of earthquakes and other disasters around the world continue to advocate use of the internationally recognized “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protocol to protect lives during earthquakes:

DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.

These are general guidelines for most situations. Depending on where you are (in bed, driving, in a theater, etc.), you might take other actions, as described in Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (PDF | RTF).

The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; you therefore will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You should Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!

In addition, studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.

As with anything, practice makes perfect. To be ready to protect yourself immediately when the ground begins to shake, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On as children do in school at least once each year.

What NOT to do:

DO NOT get in a doorway! An early earthquake photo is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In modern houses and buildings, doorways are no safer, and they do not protect you from flying or falling objects. Get under a table instead!

DO NOT run outside! Trying to run in an earthquake is dangerous, as the ground is moving and you can easily fall or be injured by debris or glass. Running outside is especially dangerous, as glass, bricks, or other building components may be falling. You are much safer to stay inside and get under a table.

DO NOT believe the so-called “triangle of life”! In recent years, an e-mail has circulated which recommends potentially life threatening actions, and the source has been discredited by leading experts.

For more information see: shakeoutbc.ca


 

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